June 17th, 2013
03:56 PM ET
2 years ago

What the approval drop means for Obama

(CNN) - Since President Obama seems to be a reflective soul, he must be reflecting on the irony of his latest predicament: as the man who came into office promising to change everything and who instead seems to have let much of what he promised to fix only get worse.

First, the good news: Slowly but surely, the economy is coming back. And that's no small feat, given where it was in 2009.

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  1. just sayin

    Slowly but surely, the economy is coming back. And that's no small feat, given where it was in 2009.
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    well, there goes what little credibility she had. the recession offically ended 6 months after obama took office, before any of his policies were in place and exactly 18 months after it had started, as just about all recessions before had ended, and without a trillion dollar porkulus package for the unions. after spending that trillion of porkulus we were supposed to be back to 5% unemployment right now. obama's "no small feat" is actually a massive failure. but we all know borger is good for her leftist spin on everything.

    June 17, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Guess

    Yeah, but if romney won we would all be making 6 figuers, and have more freedom from government overeach. see, i can lie to, george w. is a great american patriot. and cheney, beyond reproach

    June 17, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Guess

    It means americans are stupid. next question

    June 17, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    It means people are getting fed up with his corrupt administration, and their criminal behavior.

    June 17, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    It doesn't mean anything to me, and it comes as no surprise. The media has been pounding him relentlessly for weeks and months about stuff that conservatives want you to believe is scandal, when in fact it is just people doing their jobs.

    June 17, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Darryl

    The younger people don't really have a clue of our NSA and just how it works.They hear breaking news !!!!!!!! and guys like this Snowden distorts and scares people. Younger people get scared and believe we the people should know EVERYTHING and that is not the case. Their are things we should NOT know. Thats why we are the MOST POWERFULL country in the world.

    June 17, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Obama is not the question–congress idiots approval is the one we need to worry. Congress idiots approvalis 2 percent. GOP thugs are in mess now than ever before. True.

    June 17, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Recipe for a Borger article:

    Start with a lede that adopts as the entire premise for the article some GOP/Teatroll talking point.

    Fill in the rest of the article with Teatroll-lite talking points.

    Pretend it's all Obama's fault (I mean, really, it's hard to "lead a debate" when the MSM's myopic, narrow focus is almost exclusively on whatever new, salacious accusations against the POTUS the GOP/Teatrolls have invented...as opposed to on the reasonable explanations and information POTUS is trying to provide...go take a leap for adopting and selling that particular Teatroll talking point, Borger).

    Cite most recent polling statistics that support the damage-the-POTUS/support-the-Teatroll narrative goal of the article...but make sure to ignore the polling that contradicts it.

    End with pithy blather.

    June 17, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. it must be said

    Now, I know this president doesn't like some parts of his job. He doesn't much like schmoozing members of Congress, despite his recent share-a-meal plan with assorted Capitol Hill types. He doesn't like the LBJ-style strong-arming, either. He doesn't much like the messy lawmaking process in which personal relationships can often mean the difference between getting what you want and getting nothing at all. And he doesn't ever like to be pushed. Ever. No-drama Obama, remember?

    But he does like speeches. He likes writing them, redrafting them, pondering them. He likes giving them, too - because he's good at it.
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    Yes, we know. Unfortunately, being President of the United States involves much more. Obam athinks he can just go up to a microphone and brow beat other elected officials into doing whatever he wants. It doesn't work that way. He fashions himself an Imperial President when he actually just one cog in the wheel of government. It is why we see the non-stop celebrity events and campaigning even after the election is over.

    Obama does not know what being a leader is all about. But why should he? He never lead anything in his life. Stupid Americans elected him to be President so he could get some experience leading. How stupid was THAT?!!

    June 17, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    What does the poll drop mean? Not a dam thing!!! he doesn't have to get re-elected. Congress on the other hand does.

    June 17, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. anonymous

    Lefties on queue.... Please ready all of the standard attacks on CNN being another right wing news outlet... for reporting the truth. 3...2...1..... POST!

    June 17, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "but we all know borger is good for her leftist spin on everything."

    You're ridiculous. What "leftist spin" can you possibly get out of this article other than throwing a hissy fit about her pointing out, among a sea of Teatroll positions and regurgitating Teatroll-esque talking points (or at least alluding to them) in her article, that the economy is improving slowly? And you do realize that just because the "recession ended," i.e., the actual process of the markets contracting, credit availability drying up, etc., it doesn't mean that the economy suddenly becomes wonderful again?

    FACT: Obama's biggest mistake as POTUS was to assume that the GOP would cooperate and compromise and act in good faith for the good of the nation. PERIOD.

    They proved him wrong by entering tantrum mode and so far staying there for 5 years.

    June 17, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Joan

    This poll should be treated with a lot of scepticism. Probably the President is just as popular as ever but that doesn't make news and doesn't make the GOP happy. Polls are a waste of time. Remember how they predicted a Romney win. Wow, they sure blew that. Polls can be skewed in all sorts of ways and serve no credible purpose. If people were asked how popular and trustworthy polls are the results would be pretty low I bet. Same goes with how fair, unbiased and truthful the media is. Rather than waste time on polls, why don't the journalists report what is really happening all around the world. That would be refreshing.

    June 17, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife used taxpayer money to pay for sunscreen and dog vitamins, the Washington Post reported on Monday, a disclosure that comes as the Republican leader is said to be under scrutiny by the FBI.
    The newspaper, citing spending records it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, also said the McDonnells used state employees to run personal errands for their adult children and billed the state for deodorant, shoe repairs and a digestive system "detox cleanse."

    June 17, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. just sayin

    Sniffit
    FACT: Obama's biggest mistake as POTUS was to assume that the GOP would cooperate and compromise and act in good faith for the good of the nation. PERIOD.
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    obama's biggest mistake was not understanding the job he appiled for and was given. compromise to obama means brow beating the other party into submission and acceptance of his goals and points of view. he sure seemed slap russian pm medvedev on the knee quite nicely, indicating they had a good relationship and could deal later "when he had more flexibility after the election".

    where was that same relationship with any member of the other party? first thing he did was jam a trillion dollar porkulus spending bill down the throat of the republicans, followed by obamacare. he told them "i won". obama set himself up for failure with this approach. he totally did not understand the job of president. he needs to be a collegial herder that may use a stick but only when absolutely necessary. all obama knew how to do is use a stick, just like a union thug.

    June 17, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. A Kickin` Donkey

    Even with his drop, the President enjoys a 40+ point advantage over Congress . . . a largely REPUBLICAN Congress which the public sees as "Do NOTHING" party of No & fake scandal of the week.

    The trustworthy & honesty part will be easy for the President. Advertise episodes of "transparency from ever Cabinet Level organization. Go on the offensive to close GITMO [be seen working to fulfill this campaign promise in the face of GOP opposition]. Reform Immigration in the face of GOP opposition. Advance Tax Reform that results in SIMPLIFICATION [and the removal of corporate welfare] . . . the face of Congressional opposition. Welcome troops home from Afghanistan and KEEP THEM OUT of Syria . . . in the face of . . . well, you get the point.

    June 17, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife used taxpayer money to pay for sunscreen and dog vitamins,"

    Yep, and Rep. Cornyn from TX has been running around collecting $65,000+ from multiple gov't pensions ON TOP OF his $174,000 salary as a member of the House. The reality is that the GOP/Teatrolls don't really care about people sucking off the gov't teat...what they care about is WHO is sucking off the gov't teat. Take that and start applying it to their ranting and raving about who is a moocher and a leech and whose tax expenditures and subsidies they defend....who they believe shouldn't receive a generous pension or SS or Medicare versus who should receive multiple pensions, etc.

    June 17, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Of course, he isn't REALLY serious. Small arms against sarin gas, is like using slingshots against Goliath."

    Hey, genius, you do know how that story ends, don't you? Haha....you just can't help yourselves....

    June 17, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Thomas

    It means it's Summer , gas prices are high as always , the side show of kitty comity scandals such as IRS , Benghazi , NSA have brought dissolution. The congress has done nothing but snivel and obstruct for over two years thanks to the house leader.

    After listening to Dick Cheney yesterday I support Obama more then ever.
    I haven't forgotten , non existent WMS's , how we would be welcomed as liberators , how the Bush administration , "Rumsfeld & Wolfowitz ". went against General Chinese's advice,. How the Iraqis will pay for the war.

    A new moderate elected in Iran , Egypt pulls its embassy staff out of Syria.

    China , South Korea and the US are working on how to deal with the enviable fall of North Korea. And how to pay for it's stabilization .

    I'll I had to hear was Dick Chaney talk about credibility , and I support our president more.

    June 17, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Excuse me, I just caught my booboo...Coryn is a Senator lol...that's what I get for trying to go too fast.

    June 17, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Donna

    Sniffit
    And you do realize that just because the "recession ended," i.e., the actual process of the markets contracting, credit availability drying up, etc., it doesn't mean that the economy suddenly becomes wonderful again?
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    Yeah.... we all know that things don't "suddenly become wonderful again". But FOUR YEARS LATER the economy still stinks and unemployment is still through the roof. And now Obamacare nails the economy in full force. I guess you'll be making more excuses for Obama when after 8 years in office, the economy is still bad and we still have millions unemployed or underemployed.

    Your excuses and fingerpointing are rather ridiculous at this stage of the game. Obama spent 4 years blaming Bush and now he and you are looking for others to blame for your failure. Of course, we all know that Obama was just too darn smart to fail so it must have been somebody else fault.

    June 17, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Guest

    Sniffit
    "Of course, he isn't REALLY serious. Small arms against sarin gas, is like using slingshots against Goliath."
    Hey, genius, you do know how that story ends, don't you? Haha....you just can't help yourselves....
    --

    Sniffit the atheist now uses the bible to defend Obama?! I have now seen and heard it all!

    June 17, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Thomas

    t means it's Summer , gas prices are high as always , the side show of kitty comity scandals such as IRS , Benghazi , NSA have brought dissolution. The congress has done nothing but snivel and obstruct for over two years thanks to the house leader.

    After listening to Dick Cheney yesterday I support Obama more then ever.
    I haven't forgotten , non existent WMS's , how we would be welcomed as liberators , how the Bush administration , "Rumsfeld & Wolfowitz ". went against General Shinsek's advice,. How the Iraqis will pay for the war.

    A new moderate elected in Iran , Egypt pulls its embassy staff out of Syria.

    China , South Korea and the US are working on how to deal with the enviable fall of North Korea. And how to pay for it's stabilization .

    The Russians look more and more like a mafia run state as the lend support to Syria's president Assad failing regime

    I'll I had to hear was Dick Chaney talk about credibility , and I support our president more.

    June 17, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "compromise to obama means brow beating the other party into submission and acceptance of his goals and points of view. "

    Is that why he's repeatedly and consistently made opening offers that have thrown "leftist" liberals into a fit of rage as having "given away the farm" and "negotiating with himself"...such as proposing a budget that already included chained-CPI as the means of determining SS benefits increases? He's made his base furious with him on countless occasions for the offers he makes as the OPENING move in negotiations, BEFORE the GOP/Teatrolls start making their radical, extreme right-wing demands. He then goes and does things like extending the Bush tax cuts in to rder to stop the gridlock during the lame duck congress and get DADT repealed and the new START Treaty passed, etc., and you claim that he makes no concessions or compromises...but then happily try to point out those compromises in an attempt to rekindle the liberal outrage at him for having done so? You couldn't be more disingenuous.

    June 17, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Ol' Yeller

    Hey, I remember the last BIG poll that was in the news about Romney being neck and neck with Obama on election night and how it was going to be an all nighter.... yea, that was an accurate poll.

    June 17, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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